Equipment for digital classrooms in Model Vocational Upper Secondary Schools (EPALs)

Bodossaki Foundation, seeking to support the national effort to upgrade vocational technical education in Greece and to provide equal education opportunities to EPAL students, created the programme “Digital Classrooms – Model Vocational Upper Secondary Schools (EPALs)”, which offers equipment for technology classrooms / labs of Model EPALs. The programme is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The donation consists in the provision of the following:

  • Provision of electronic equipment (interactive whiteboards, video projectors etc.), sound equipment & LAN with internet access.
  • Installation of air conditioning system.
  • Classroom/lab security with alarm system
  • Provision of infrastructure equipment

The objectives of the programme are to enable the smooth conduct of courses requiring high tech equipment, such as machine technology, technical drawing etc., of training programmes in new digital developments (use of web portal, etc.) and of webinars and presentations to/from foreign organisations for the transfer of best practices and know-how, as well as presentations of the Model EPAL to audiences abroad in order to attract foreign students for registration and provide distance training to students abroad, and the conduct by the EPAL of trainings for students and parents.

Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs

The institution of Model Vocational Upper Secondary Schools (EPALs) was met with widespread positive response already during the first cycle of students’ registration, demonstrated by the rise in the number of applications for registration and the increased interest shown by Lower Secondary School graduates with high or very high learning performance levels. Launched last year, the network of Model EPALs is currently expanding throughout Greece, providing students with opportunities to benefit from the availability of vocational education opportunity for even more quality vocational education. According to the framework governing the operation of Model EPALs, use is made of new methodologies, account is taken of society’s and the market’s actual needs in professional qualifications in the context of defining specialisations and preparing study curricula, increased degrees of freedom are foreseen in the educational process accompanied by trainings of educators of all specialisations who are already serving in the Training Centres within the Model EPALs, while emphasis is placed on the dissemination of good practices in all Vocational Upper Secondary Schools.